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Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza UFC on FOX 24 open workout video

KANSAS CITY – UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza shows off his grappling and boxing skills Thursday afternoon at UFC on FOX 24′s open workouts.

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Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza UFC on FOX 24 open workout video

KANSAS CITY – UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza shows off his grappling and boxing skills Thursday afternoon at UFC on FOX 24′s open workouts.

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Demetrious Johnson UFC on FOX 24 open workout video

KANSAS CITY – UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson showed off his striking skills for the fans Thursday afternoon at UFC on FOX 24′s open workouts.

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Rose Namajunas UFC on FOX 24 open workout video

KANSAS CITY — UFC strawweight contender Rose Namajunas and her dog Mishka showed off for the fans Thursday afternoon at UFC on FOX 24′s open workouts.

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‘Jacare’ Souza UFC on FOX 24 open workout scrum

KANSAS CITY — Ahead of UFC on FOX 24, middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza talked about his fight against Robert Whittaker, his impending free agency, not sitting around and waiting, why Michael Bisping is a disaster for the UFC middleweight division, and more.

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Rashad Evans open to fights with Anderson Silva, ‘Rampage’ Jackson

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and TUF 25 cast member Eddie Gordon talk to the media at UFC 210 about the reality television series of The Ultimate Fighter, its new season featuring former contestants, and much more.

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Anthony Johnson UFC 210 open workout scrum

BUFFALO – At UFC 210 open workouts, Anthony Johnson discusses his long-awaited rematch against Daniel Cormier, his weight cut, his history with rematches, what it would feel like to knockout Cormier after all his trash talk, and more.

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Angela Lee ‘confident’ she’d compete with UFC fighters, open to superfight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk

ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong proposed a fight between his titleholder, Angela Lee, and UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk last week in an interview with the International Business Times.

Though the the chances of a fight happening any time soon are a long shot because they are in two different promotions, Lee is ready to do it.

“It’s something that I’m all open for,” Lee told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think that it would be a really great opportunity. For me, every day I’m just learning and growing and evolving even more as a fighter. And so it would be a really great fight. I would definitely look forward to that.”

Lee, who is just 20 years old, is undefeated at 7-0 with all her fights coming under the ONE banner. She won the ONE Championship 115-pound title (atomweight in ONE, strawweight in the UFC) in a Fight of the Year candidate over Mei Yamaguchi in May 2016 and defended it via third-round submission (punches) against Jenny Huang in March. Lee, who lives in Hawaii, is considered one of the top up-and-coming fighters in all of MMA.

Jedrzejczyk (13-0) is also undefeated and is one of the most tenured champions in the UFC, holding the strawweight title since March 2015. The Polish kickboxer is known for her dynamic and aggressive striking.

Lee said she watches the UFC and fighters like Jedrzejczyk and while she doesn’t think she’d steamroll all of them, she thinks she could be competitive in that division.

“I think that because the UFC is the major organization here in North America, a lot of time people don’t pay as much attention to the other organizations and they might [discredit them],” Lee said. “I think when I watch the fighters fight, I don’t necessarily talk like that, but I know that I can hang with them. I’m pretty confident in my skillset that I could do well.”

Lee is under contract with ONE, though, and will defend her title against Istela Nunes on May 26 in Singapore in the main event of ONE: Dynasty of Heroes. It’ll be her second fight in three months after a 10-month layoff. Lee said after six fights in between May 2015 and May 2016, it was nice to have somewhat of a break to head back to the gym and refine her game.

“It was really great to work so hard, put your head down and grind, grind, grind,” Lee said. “And then have a little bit of a break to spend time with my family, to relax and to also upgrade my skills.”

Lee has seen her profile rise quickly in Asia and even now in the United States and Canada. Lee was born in Vancouver to a martial arts family. Her brother Christian is also an MMA fighter and her parents were martial arts competitors for years.

“Unstoppable” acknowledges that it is sometimes difficult to juggle all the obligations, training and fights. Lee went to UFC 168 to see Ronda Rousey face Miesha Tate and drew inspiration from Rousey, who was the reason the UFC brought in women fighters. Rousey has now lost two in a row, though, while attempting to divide her time between fighting and Hollywood.

“It’s so nice to see what she’s done for women’s MMA in the UFC, in North America,” Lee said. “Because that was something that wasn’t there before, at all. Going to Las Vegas and seeing her fight live, I still have so much respect for Ronda and all that she’s done.

“This sport that we’re in, MMA, it’s crazy. It’s full of highs and lows and everything happens so fast. I think at the end of the day, you have to really make the most of your time. That’s what’s going to count. I think that she’s made the most of her time and she’s done amazing things in that time.”

Lee hopes to make the most of her time, too. And she has a long way to go. Lee said she feels like she can do MMA forever, but that’s, of course, not very realistic. For the interim, she’s focusing on ONE and its atomweight division, hoping that the promotion keeps the challengers and contenders coming.

“They do have a handful of fighters, but I would like to see those numbers increase in the next year,” Lee said.

If not, maybe that fight with Jedrzejczyk will be waiting for her one of these days.

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Midnight Mania! Miesha Tate open to WWE – ‘I would love to’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got retired former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate giving her thoughts on participating in WWE, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) mistaking Tom Lawler for Robbie Lawler, Derrick Lewis excited about his fight with Mark Hunt, another mass brawl on the Caucasus mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, videos, knockouts, podcasts, and much more. In addition, a Maniac shares how MMAMania.com brought him to the girl he’s engaged to.


Insomnia

Miesha Tate has it all. Talent, good looks, a resume as both a Strikeforce and UFC champion, and a high-profile job as a studio commentator, honing her skills on the mic. Now, she is looking for her next adventure and is seemingly up for anything. Anything that sounds fun, that is. According to FoxSports.com, her definition of fun includes a possible appearance in WWE.

At a Q&A in London, Miesha was asked about it and she appeared very open to the idea.

“I would love to. It would be fun. I would love to. I’m open to all kinds of things like that. It would be a lot of fun.”

Tate’s rival Ronda Rousey, of course, is no stranger to WWE, appearing at Wrestlemania in 2015 to great effect (view from 1:18 in the video below).

Could these two UFC female legends meet in the ring someday?


Bobs and Weaves

I’m not the only one who gets confused. USADA (or possibly UFC) addressed “Filthy” Tom Lawlor as Robbie Lawler in a recent email regarding athlete whereabouts.

Derrick Lewis is stoked about his upcoming match-up with Mark Hunt, which is set to headline a June 10, 2017, card. This is how stoked:

My next opponent is Mark Hunt in New Zealand June 10th

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Nate Diaz, setting the record straight.

Stipe Miocic has no shortage of desire

Has “Uncle Creepy” finally found love? He thinks so!

“War Machine,” a piece of trash human being by all legal accounts, was found guilty of nearly all the abuse charges leveled against him by Christie Mack. The attempted murder charges didn’t go through, however, resulting in a hung jury. I wonder how prison will treat him this time around.

There was another mass brawl in Dagestan.

John Dodson has some crazy, but appropriate, dreams at night.

Cub Swanson is in the same boat ahead of his headlining bout opposite Artem Lobov.

Angela Hill got the dream care package. I guess Street Fighter did take care of her.

Yeah, still the most impressive sequence of the weekend

This is a wild fight


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Audio

The MMAMania.com post-fight show

The MMA Hour

Joe Rogan brought to tears with his passion for the UFC


Random Land

Talent.


Top Fan Post

The top Fanpost of the day has to go to this one by A.K, who describes how MMAMania.com led to him meeting the love of his life and moving out of frozen North Dakota to be with her. Now they are engaged. Life is crazy, sometimes it is beautiful, and their story makes me happy.

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Marion Reneau disagrees with judges, open to rematch with Bethe Correia after draw

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL – Marion Reneau talks to the media about her draw with Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 106, how she scored the bout, wanting a rematch with Correia, and much more.

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